A Short Study of Job 19:26
“And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.”
God’s children DO see Him and WILL see Him. He whom we see is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
When our Lord appeared to Thomas after his resurrection, Thomas said, “my Lord and my God.”
By FAITH we see Him now as He reveals Hinself to us by His Spirit through the preaching of the gospel. The glorious Father is revealed in the glorious Son. “In Him dwelleth ALL the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in thr face of Jesus Christ.” (2nd Corinthians 4:6)
Job was speaking of Christ, whom he knew by faith as his substitute. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)
It is by faith in Christ that God gives, whereby we see God in all His perfections – not only as our God, as our Saviour as well. The believer sees and knows Him in love, mercy and grace, as well as in holiness, righteousness and justice. All the attributes of God are manifested in the person and redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is where and how we see Him, as Job did.
Not only do we see him now, by faith. We will see him presently face to face. This was Job’s anticipation – “though AFTER my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh SHALL I SEE GOD.” He looked by faith to the time when in his resurrection body he would see his Redeemer, who ever lives to make intercession for him. We too shall see Him for our self. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we shall see Him as He is.” (1st John 3:2)
Therefore, not many days hence we will arrive to our place appointed by God. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2nd Corinthians 5:1)
Until then we say with Job, “if a man die, shall he live again? (YES!) all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:14)